Edward T. Shonsey
B.S. Electrical Engineering, Marquette University
MBA Creighton University
Postgraduate Studies, Stanford University & Ceran Language Institute, France
Wife: Molly, Children: Katie, Libby, Maggie
Ed’s experience has focused on commercializing life sciences technology for finding solutions for the world’s food supply and alternative energy. Additionally he has worked closely to form companies addressing solutions for infectious diseases. Ed is CEO of N2 Genetics which is providing a solution for nitrogen fixation in plants, significantly reducing chemical fertilizer requirements as well as increasing yields. He is Chairman of Arborgen, the world’s largest tree seedling company meeting wood, fiber, and energy needs. Ed is also working with Hawaii Bioenergy to provide the strategy and coordination to meet Hawaii’s energy deficit for power and aviation fuels. Ed is a member of the Boards of Microdermis (infectious disease solutions), Foundation of Liechtenstein in Europe, and Agrivida(biotech intein technology).
A native of Colorado, Ed graduated from Marquette where he was president of the Marquette chapter. Also graduating as an Ensign in the Navy, he then served three tours in Vietnam where he was decorated for performance in combat operations. He then began his career as a design engineer for AT&T, subsequently joining Proctor and Gamble Company as Operations Manager in its paper division.
In 2003 Ed joined Diversa Corporation, a NASDAQ listed company specializing in enzyme solutions for pharmaceutical and energy solutions following his roles as CEO of Novartis and Syngenta Seeds. Ed as CEO of Diversa merged the company into Verenium after increasing the market value in excess of $500 million.
Activities & Honors
Past Director, BIO International, Washington DC
Past Chairman, Personnel Commission, State of Iowa
Member, UCSD Cancer Center Board
Member, UCSD School of Pharmacy Board
Member, UCSD College of Physical Sciences Board
Past Director, Business Higher Education Council, Washington DC
Past Chairman , Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Des Moines Symphony
Skiing, Languages, Fly fishing, Kayaking, Piano, Golf